Last week, we were finishing up a mini-unit about America in preschool. As part of this mini-unit, we discussed Americans in the armed forces. Now, I must tell you I’m a little biased about this topic, as most of my family is retired or active duty military. My father is a retired Marine, making me a Marine “brat”. 🙂 So I thought it would be wonderful if the children drew some pictures for Marines!
The children did a wonderful job with this little project of ours. A few of them really got into it, creating multiple pictures to send. There were pictures of their families, themselves, what they thought the Marines looked like, flowers, American flags and more. I was very proud of the kiddos for taking their time to create pictures they thought the Marines would enjoy.
Once the children completed their drawings, they were excited to tell us what they’d done. We took dictations, writing on their pictures as they told the story. Many of the children expressed their wish for the soldiers to return home. I was moved that the students were so interested in talking about the Marines’ families and how much the Marines were likely missed. [Dad, if you’re reading this . . . yes, I know Marines aren’t soldiers, but the preschool kiddos call everyone in the Armed Forces “soldiers”.]
My dad was nice enough to get me the address to one of his former companies, so they’ll receive our students’ drawings. I hope the pictures bring smiles to the faces of men and women who work so hard for our country, often with little or no appreciation. Have you and your children/students ever written to men/women in the armed forces?